I wanted a smile makeover. My dentist said I need to get porcelain crowns. Do I really have to have all my teeth ground down to get a makeover? I thought crowns were for infections in your teeth. I don’t even have any cavities.
Olivia P. from Kansas City
NO, NO, NO, don’t get porcelain crowns if you don’t have a large cavity, especially for a smile makeover. Your dentist is insane. My guess is he doesn’t know how to do porcelain veneers and he isn’t man (or woman) enough to admit it.
There are cases when you have to mix porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns, but that is when you have teeth with large cavities. Otherwise, in general porcelain veneers are a better option. Either way you want an expert cosmetic dentist. The obvious ignorance of your dentist means you need to find another one. You can stick with him for your basic dental care, but go to someone with more expertise for your cosmetic work.
Look for someone who is AACD accredited (American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry). They are among the top 1-3% of dentists in the world. It is worth a bit of a drive to get a gorgeous smile. Be aware there is a difference between being a member of the AACD and being accredited by the organization.
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